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(Deadline)   Simpsons have officially jumped the shark. Not because Seth MacFarlane will guest star in this season's finale, but because Marge meets Seth's character in an online Swingers chatroom   (deadline.com) divider line 106
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2013-05-09 08:10:01 AM  
Every Simpsons lately has ended with something insultingly retarded happening to undo any iota of character development.
 
2013-05-09 08:13:36 AM  
Why does Bart even CARE who is preaching at church?! WHY DOESNT MOE JUST BUY ANOTHER DAMN SUIT?!
 
2013-05-09 08:14:01 AM  
Oh please. Some of you people can't be online for 15 minutes without ending up in a swingers chatroom. The Simpsons held out for 24 years.
 
2013-05-09 08:15:30 AM  
How dare The Simpsons do something so convoluted!
 
2013-05-09 08:19:44 AM  
Yet it'll still be funnier than everything Seth MacFarlane has produced in the last five years.
 
2013-05-09 08:19:47 AM  

xjakk: Why does Bart even CARE who is preaching at church?!


That was explained really clearly in the episode you're referencing.  Frankly if you didn't get THAT, it's not the Simpsons' fault.
 
2013-05-09 08:20:20 AM  
Right. NOW they've jumped the shark?

Really?
 
2013-05-09 08:23:52 AM  
I thought he didnt get along with Al Jean.
 
2013-05-09 08:26:27 AM  

WTF Indeed: Yet it'll still be funnier than everything Seth MacFarlane has produced in the last five years.


The simpons hasn't made me laugh in a decade. DECADE.

Now that's not an endorsement of MacFarlane at all.

I am just saying the Simpsons aint been funny for a LONG time.
 
2013-05-09 08:30:09 AM  
I am watching season 2 of Bob's Burger on netflix and it really does capture a lot of the simpson's old magic. I think it should be the last HARROWED DAD AND HIS WACKY FAMILY HAVE WACKY ANTICS cartoon for adults with no discerning taste, though, because that formula is kind of played out now.
 
2013-05-09 08:30:31 AM  
The Simpsons jumped the shark when Mr. Burns was shot.
 
2013-05-09 08:34:56 AM  

Jim from Saint Paul: The simpons hasn't made me laugh in a decade. DECADE.

Now that's not an endorsement of MacFarlane at all.

I am just saying the Simpsons aint been funny for a LONG time.


Even though this argument happens during every Simpson's thread, lets start it again.

The show has been on for 24 years and has done every joke from every angle possible. When that happens you can only go three ways; end the show, go for insane storylines with over-the-top low brow jokes, or go for more subtle high brow jokes. Simpsons' decided to go for option three and MacFarlane went for option two.
 
2013-05-09 08:37:48 AM  
I don't even remember what year it jumped the shark, that's how long ago it was.
 
2013-05-09 08:38:15 AM  
I haven't seen new episodes of the Simpsons going on a decade now, but still, WTF?
 
2013-05-09 08:44:57 AM  
I feel like the Simpsons is that friend from college that you had a lot of great times with, but you don't see anymore.  You kinda feel bad, but the last few times you did get together it was a little awkward because you've gone in different directions, and eventually you just gave up trying.
 
2013-05-09 08:52:20 AM  
I thought they nuked the fridge with Skinner-isn't-really-Skinner episode like 16 years ago. It didn't kill the series, though, since about half the episodes of that season were good to great. Season 10 only had a handful of good episodes and even worse stinkers. For me season 11 was when it really Armand'd the Tanzarian. Looking through the episode summaries I could recall only a few, but I remember clearly it was the episode when Maude died when I said "Meh" and stopped watching regularly.

Purely for research I should watch the latter half of the series and see if it's really that bad. I caught a few here and there and the tone was just too far off from the first 6-7 seasons, which for me is why I love the early stuff.
 
2013-05-09 08:52:53 AM  

Marley'sGirl: I feel like the Simpsons is that friend from college that you had a lot of great times with, but you don't see anymore.  You kinda feel bad, but the last few times you did get together it was a little awkward because you've gone in different directions, and eventually you just gave up trying.


In both instances, copious amounts of booze can sometimes do the trick.
 
2013-05-09 08:52:54 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: xjakk: Why does Bart even CARE who is preaching at church?!

That was explained really clearly in the episode you're referencing.  Frankly if you didn't get THAT, it's not the Simpsons' fault.


Homer was happy and productive and this angered Bart for some reason and Flanders demonstrated that he only cares about his own self-righteousness and place in the moral hierarchy over the spiritual betterment of his fellow man, and that everything in this world plays out like an Ayn Randian wet dream where The Secret is an infallible sacred text.  All stereotypes applicable and absolute, all cliches are written into the laws of physics, and conformity to a alzheimered snapshot in time is worth more than evolving towards any betterment or hope for the future.  The children will stay young forever, the old and sick will continue to suffer, and when they die the world ends.
 
2013-05-09 08:53:09 AM  

Marley'sGirl: I feel like the Simpsons is that friend from college that you had a lot of great times with, but you don't see anymore.  You kinda feel bad, but the last few times you did get together it was a little awkward because you've gone in different directions, and eventually you just gave up trying.


Natalie, is that you? Listen, now that you're popping out kids left and right with your military hubby, you've gone from fun, idealistic, inner city teacher to super Republican stay-at-home babby manufacturing depot. We just don't have much in common anymore. Plus, your tits have gone to hell...

I hope we can still be friends, though.
 
2013-05-09 08:53:14 AM  
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2013-05-09 08:55:08 AM  

IwasKloot: Purely for research I should watch the latter half of the series and see if it's really that bad.


I tried that, I got to season 14 before it came to turning the TV off or sticking my head in the oven.
 
2013-05-09 08:57:28 AM  
Oh boy, a thread about a new Simpsons Episode and Seth MacFarlane.  A FARK Entertainment tab's dream.
 
2013-05-09 08:59:08 AM  
Bart Simpson is about 33 years old now, right?
 
2013-05-09 09:02:23 AM  

Marley'sGirl: I feel like the Simpsons is that friend from college that you had a lot of great times with, but you don't see anymore.  You kinda feel bad, but the last few times you did get together it was a little awkward because you've gone in different directions, and eventually you just gave up trying.


You understand and express my feels better than I do.
 
2013-05-09 09:02:44 AM  
I guess I meant to say 'Armand Tanzarian'd the Skinner'. At least they negated the whole thing at the end of the episode.

thurstonxhowell: IwasKloot: Purely for research I should watch the latter half of the series and see if it's really that bad.

I tried that, I got to season 14 before it came to turning the TV off or sticking my head in the oven.


I'm getting good at preventing the bad output from the shows, artists, etc that I like from ruining the good. This may be the hardest yet. Challenge accepted.
 
2013-05-09 09:05:28 AM  
Simpsons jumped the shark either

A) when Conan O'Brien left as a writer for the show

or

B) when Phil Hartman died.

It's one of those two.  Can't decide which point was the real death of the series.  In any case, it's shambled on for years, zombie-like, long after its death.
 
2013-05-09 09:09:35 AM  
The Simpsons jumped the shark a long, long time ago. I used to be such a big fan. Every series eventually runs out of steam and needs to just go. Hopefully they can all gut it up and bring in a good final season this fall.
 
2013-05-09 09:15:55 AM  

IwasKloot: I thought they nuked the fridge with Skinner-isn't-really-Skinner episode like 16 years ago. It didn't kill the series, though, since about half the episodes of that season were good to great. Season 10 only had a handful of good episodes and even worse stinkers. For me season 11 was when it really Armand'd the Tanzarian. Looking through the episode summaries I could recall only a few, but I remember clearly it was the episode when Maude died when I said "Meh" and stopped watching regularly.

Purely for research I should watch the latter half of the series and see if it's really that bad. I caught a few here and there and the tone was just too far off from the first 6-7 seasons, which for me is why I love the early stuff.


pretty much this. Even though I enjoyed the episode, I would say "The Principal and the Pauper" is the sharkjump moment in that it was an episode that sort of foretold where the show's writing would go when they ran out of stories: reboot a character's backstory.  (Though, IIRC, Principal and The pauper was intentionally farking around with a character, it seems like every revision to when Homer met Marge has felt more like "fark, we need another episode...")

I guess the show has gotten better since season 12 in that it's a bit more consistent, but it's rarely as funny and it feels like the show frequently crams in modern reference haphazardly.
 
2013-05-09 09:18:43 AM  

Marley'sGirl: I feel like the Simpsons is that friend from college that you had a lot of great times with, but you don't see anymore.  You kinda feel bad, but the last few times you did get together it was a little awkward because you've gone in different directions, and eventually you just gave up trying.


Fitting, since I haven't watched an episode since I graduated college.
 
2013-05-09 09:22:29 AM  

WTF Indeed: Jim from Saint Paul: The simpons hasn't made me laugh in a decade. DECADE.

Now that's not an endorsement of MacFarlane at all.

I am just saying the Simpsons aint been funny for a LONG time.

Even though this argument happens during every Simpson's thread, lets start it again.

The show has been on for 24 years and has done every joke from every angle possible. When that happens you can only go three ways; end the show, go for insane storylines with over-the-top low brow jokes, or go for more subtle high brow jokes. Simpsons' decided to go for option three and MacFarlane went for option two.


Has there been a bumblebee man or captain McAllister centric episode? No? The defense rests.
 
2013-05-09 09:27:44 AM  

WTF Indeed: The show has been on for 24 years and has done every joke from every angle possible. When that happens you can only go three ways; end the show, go for insane storylines with over-the-top low brow jokes, or go for more subtle high brow jokes. Simpsons' decided to go for option three and MacFarlane went for option two.


I guess Simpsons did go for option 3, though I would add that the show doesn't pull off the jokes nearly as well as they used to.
 
2013-05-09 09:33:23 AM  

WTF Indeed: Jim from Saint Paul: The simpons hasn't made me laugh in a decade. DECADE.

Now that's not an endorsement of MacFarlane at all.

I am just saying the Simpsons aint been funny for a LONG time.

Even though this argument happens during every Simpson's thread, lets start it again.

The show has been on for 24 years and has done every joke from every angle possible. When that happens you can only go three ways; end the show, go for insane storylines with over-the-top low brow jokes, or go for more subtle high brow jokes. Simpsons' decided to go for option three and MacFarlane went for option two.


The way I read option 3, I would need to be a contration Fark hipster to find the Simpsons funny again.

"Subtle" is occasionaly a codeword for "non-exsistent".
 
2013-05-09 09:34:21 AM  
An episode of Family Guy autoplayed on Hulu the other day and Homer made a cameo. The Hills and Jay Sherman have both been on The Simpsons. This is nothing new.
 
2013-05-09 09:35:00 AM  
I think the Simpsons is still a good show.
 
2013-05-09 09:42:12 AM  
Zombie Simpsons. Pretty much says it all.
 
2013-05-09 09:53:13 AM  
American Dad is still funny but holy shiat Family Guy farking sucks. I haven't watched the simpsons since I've been a teenager.
/Archer superior to all of them.
 
2013-05-09 10:01:16 AM  
If you pretend that The Simpsons ended with the "Behind the Laughter" episode, it's a much more enjoyable way to remember the show.  Sure, there have been good episodes here and there, but they're far and few between compared to the dynamite of the mid-90s.
 
2013-05-09 10:11:59 AM  
I think it's sad that you people know the names of episodes of a farkin' CARTOON
 
2013-05-09 10:13:02 AM  
It gets pretty hard to say it's your favorite show when there are now more episodes you hate than ones you like.
 
2013-05-09 10:13:21 AM  
You know Marge is a freak.

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-09 10:15:38 AM  
Am I the only one who thinks that in the last few years, particularly when they switched the to "cleaner" animation style, that the dialog on The Simpsons started to become very awkward and disjointed? I feel like it doesn't flow naturally anymore and sounds more like they just had each individual voice actor record their bits completely divorced from the material or any other dialog then put tacked it all together in editing.
 
2013-05-09 10:15:52 AM  

xjakk: Every Simpsons lately has ended with something insultingly retarded happening to undo any iota of character development.


Hasn't that been the shtick of the show since its debut?

/Futurama did it
//Single Female Lawyer FTW
 
2013-05-09 10:18:05 AM  

md4606: I think it's sad that you people know the names of episodes of a farkin' CARTOON


Please list 3 favorite TV shows, movies, books, etc you find enjoyable so we may understand better what we SHOULD be watching/reading.
 
2013-05-09 10:21:41 AM  

md4606: I think it's sad that you people know the names of episodes of a farkin' CARTOON


In episode 2F09, when Itchy plays Scratchy's skeleton like a xylophone, he strikes the same rib twice in succession, yet he produces two clearly different tones. I mean, what are we to believe, that this is some sort of a magic xylophone or something? Boy, I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder.
 
2013-05-09 10:27:54 AM  

Jim from Saint Paul: WTF Indeed: Jim from Saint Paul: The simpons hasn't made me laugh in a decade. DECADE.

Now that's not an endorsement of MacFarlane at all.

I am just saying the Simpsons aint been funny for a LONG time.

Even though this argument happens during every Simpson's thread, lets start it again.

The show has been on for 24 years and has done every joke from every angle possible. When that happens you can only go three ways; end the show, go for insane storylines with over-the-top low brow jokes, or go for more subtle high brow jokes. Simpsons' decided to go for option three and MacFarlane went for option two.

The way I read option 3, I would need to be a contration Fark hipster to find the Simpsons funny again.

"Subtle" is occasionaly a codeword for "non-exsistent".


I thought it meant if you really loved the emperor when he was a boy, and you squinted hard enough, it would look like he was wearing clothes instead of an acrid sheen of sweat.
 
2013-05-09 10:31:16 AM  

EvilMonkeyBoy: An episode of Family Guy autoplayed on Hulu the other day and Homer made a cameo. The Hills and Jay Sherman have both been on The Simpsons. This is nothing new.


When I read the headline I remember that they shiat on the idea of a crossover with the Critic, even though it was a great episode.
 
2013-05-09 10:33:59 AM  
The Simpsons is just endorsed fan-fiction at this point.
 
2013-05-09 10:35:43 AM  
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for me "jumping the shark" means overcoming your greatest fear and looking cool while doing it
 
2013-05-09 10:35:58 AM  

Fano: EvilMonkeyBoy: An episode of Family Guy autoplayed on Hulu the other day and Homer made a cameo. The Hills and Jay Sherman have both been on The Simpsons. This is nothing new.

When I read the headline I remember that they shiat on the idea of a crossover with the Critic, even though it was a great episode.


www.wigglyeyed.com
 
2013-05-09 10:37:00 AM  
For me the Simpsons Jumped the Shark moment was the panda rape.

Looking up the episode it was from the 5th ep of Season 12, which is a little late as I found almost all of Seasons 10-11 to be weak (but had its moments), I'm still going to use that as the definitive demarcation point separating generally-good Simpsons eps with in-all-likelihood-bad Simpsons eps.
 
2013-05-09 10:38:33 AM  

Jim from Saint Paul: WTF Indeed: Yet it'll still be funnier than everything Seth MacFarlane has produced in the last five years.

The simpons hasn't made me laugh in a decade. DECADE.

Now that's not an endorsement of MacFarlane at all.

I am just saying the Simpsons aint been funny for a LONG time.


Not necessarily disagreeing with your point, but shouldn't you have stopped watching a show, ostensibly a comedy, that hasn't made you laugh for a decade (DECADE)?  Is there not anything else on that might be more worthy of your time?
 
2013-05-09 10:41:33 AM  

Fano: EvilMonkeyBoy: An episode of Family Guy autoplayed on Hulu the other day and Homer made a cameo. The Hills and Jay Sherman have both been on The Simpsons. This is nothing new.

When I read the headline I remember that they shiat on the idea of a crossover with the Critic, even though it was a great episode.


"Don't cry for me, I'm already dead"
 
2013-05-09 10:49:23 AM  

yeegrek: Not necessarily disagreeing with your point, but shouldn't you have stopped watching a show, ostensibly a comedy, that hasn't made you laugh for a decade (DECADE)? Is there not anything else on that might be more worthy of your time?


I haven't enjoyed a new Simpsons episode in years but I still turn them on just as background noise while I'm doing something else. I couldn't even tell you the last time I actually sat and just watched an episode of the Simpsons that wasn't a rerun from 90s.
 
2013-05-09 10:56:02 AM  

comhcinc: I think the Simpsons is still a good show.


I think it is, too.

Want to sit together in the lunchroom?
 
2013-05-09 11:02:16 AM  

yeegrek: Jim from Saint Paul: WTF Indeed: Yet it'll still be funnier than everything Seth MacFarlane has produced in the last five years.

The simpons hasn't made me laugh in a decade. DECADE.

Now that's not an endorsement of MacFarlane at all.

I am just saying the Simpsons aint been funny for a LONG time.

Not necessarily disagreeing with your point, but shouldn't you have stopped watching a show, ostensibly a comedy, that hasn't made you laugh for a decade (DECADE)?  Is there not anything else on that might be more worthy of your time?


I purposley will randomly watch one or two episodes each season to see if it's picking up. If it IS great, i am obviously missing the quality episodes.

Now the retort to THAT of course is "Well how can you know it if you aren;t watching the show?"

And we go in circles.
 
2013-05-09 11:02:18 AM  
So Futurama is getting cancelled, and this abortion of my childhood is allowed to continue?
 
2013-05-09 11:05:19 AM  

skozlaw: yeegrek: Not necessarily disagreeing with your point, but shouldn't you have stopped watching a show, ostensibly a comedy, that hasn't made you laugh for a decade (DECADE)? Is there not anything else on that might be more worthy of your time?

I haven't enjoyed a new Simpsons episode in years but I still turn them on just as background noise while I'm doing something else. I couldn't even tell you the last time I actually sat and just watched an episode of the Simpsons that wasn't a rerun from 90s.


Hear you.  God knows I'll always make time for Snake Whacking Day or the Monorail episodes when they re-run.  These days.  I usually check the reviews of the episode, and see if it's worth watching.  There's still some decent ones here and there.  Still, I really would like to see the whole thing shut down.. If I had to guess, they'll wait until the 25th anniversary next year (again just a guess).  Seems like a nice round number to end on.
 
2013-05-09 11:09:24 AM  

Cletus C.: comhcinc: I think the Simpsons is still a good show.

I think it is, too.

Want to sit together in the lunchroom?


Sure as long as you don't mess up my brooding loner vibe (in reality my creepy loser vibe)
 
2013-05-09 11:10:43 AM  

skozlaw: yeegrek: Not necessarily disagreeing with your point, but shouldn't you have stopped watching a show, ostensibly a comedy, that hasn't made you laugh for a decade (DECADE)? Is there not anything else on that might be more worthy of your time?

I haven't enjoyed a new Simpsons episode in years but I still turn them on just as background noise while I'm doing something else. I couldn't even tell you the last time I actually sat and just watched an episode of the Simpsons that wasn't a rerun from 90s.


I watch the show, but mostly because I'm waiting for Bob's Burgers to come on.


skozlaw: Am I the only one who thinks that in the last few years, particularly when they switched the to "cleaner" animation style, that the dialog on The Simpsons started to become very awkward and disjointed? I feel like it doesn't flow naturally anymore and sounds more like they just had each individual voice actor record their bits completely divorced from the material or any other dialog then put tacked it all together in editing.


I think the writing has been weak for quite some time. I don't think they've quite accustomed themselves to the 4-act format either.
 
2013-05-09 11:11:14 AM  
I really miss The Simpsons. I wish I could still watch it.

My job requires me to be up at three AM every day, though. I'm in bed by seven most days.

God, I miss everything....

This sucks.
 
2013-05-09 11:12:23 AM  

comhcinc: Cletus C.: comhcinc: I think the Simpsons is still a good show.

I think it is, too.

Want to sit together in the lunchroom?

Sure as long as you don't mess up my brooding loner vibe (in reality my creepy loser vibe)


Moe?
 
2013-05-09 11:24:03 AM  

Doc Daneeka: Simpsons jumped the shark either

A) when Conan O'Brien left as a writer for the show

or

B) when Phil Hartman died.

It's one of those two.  Can't decide which point was the real death of the series.  In any case, it's shambled on for years, zombie-like, long after its death.


Conan was only there until '93, so I'd have to say B.


Though I think the negativity towards the later seasons is a bit overboard.  They definitely don't have the quality and consistency of the show in its prime, but I've caught some quality episodes over the past few years.
 
2013-05-09 11:26:22 AM  

SockMonkeyHolocaust: I am watching season 2 of Bob's Burger on netflix and it really does capture a lot of the simpson's old magic. I think it should be the last HARROWED DAD AND HIS WACKY FAMILY HAVE WACKY ANTICS cartoon for adults with no discerning taste, though, because that formula is kind of played out now.


Season 2 is streaming???
 
2013-05-09 11:36:50 AM  
People who are old enough to have been adults when the Simpsons started and have ossified:

www.globalnerdy.com

Overlaps with circle of people who think snl was only funny in season one.
 
2013-05-09 11:38:41 AM  

Broktun: SockMonkeyHolocaust: I am watching season 2 of Bob's Burger on netflix and it really does capture a lot of the simpson's old magic. I think it should be the last HARROWED DAD AND HIS WACKY FAMILY HAVE WACKY ANTICS cartoon for adults with no discerning taste, though, because that formula is kind of played out now.

Season 2 is streaming???


Yessir, they just added it the other day.
 
2013-05-09 11:38:48 AM  
Some say "What was the greatest thing since sliced bread before there was sliced bread."  Sometimes, I wonder "What was the point at which a sitcom was doomed to failure before that episode of Happy Days?"
 
2013-05-09 11:40:25 AM  

IwasKloot: I guess I meant to say 'Armand Tanzarian'd the Skinner'. At least they negated the whole thing at the end of the episode.

thurstonxhowell: IwasKloot: Purely for research I should watch the latter half of the series and see if it's really that bad.

I tried that, I got to season 14 before it came to turning the TV off or sticking my head in the oven.

I'm getting good at preventing the bad output from the shows, artists, etc that I like from ruining the good. This may be the hardest yet. Challenge accepted.


Or maybe even 'Armin'. Whatever, episode stunk.
 
2013-05-09 11:44:50 AM  

BafflerMeal: People who are old enough to have been adults when the Simpsons started and have ossified:

[www.globalnerdy.com image 400x300]

Overlaps with circle of people who think snl was only funny in season one.


I would be genuinely interested if anyone under the age of 20 is interested in any of the newer seasons. As near as I can tell, the only people watching the show are long-time fans randomly checking in or passing time. If it weren't for the show's reputation in its early years, I don't think anyone would really give a shiat about the show now and it would've been cancelled long ago.
 
2013-05-09 11:45:53 AM  
1) Show jumped the shark when Maggie shot Mr Burns.

2) I vowed to NEVER watch another episode of this show after the Ke$ha musical intro. Never again.
 
2013-05-09 11:48:32 AM  

keepitcherry: 1) Show jumped the shark when Maggie shot Mr Burns.


I think it's amazing how many people missed out on the joke involving Who Shot Mr Burns. It was a giant pisstake on TV cliffhangers and mysteries.
 
2013-05-09 11:54:55 AM  
Marge is a freak. She'll drink a bunch of wine during the day if bored and she has had a great acid trip or two.

The cabinets are melting again! (turkey flies out of the oven)
 
2013-05-09 12:00:33 PM  
Wait, Marge and Homer are swingers now?
 
2013-05-09 12:05:47 PM  
I'll watch the simpsons until I'm dead.
 
2013-05-09 12:29:27 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: The Simpsons jumped the shark when Mr. Burns was shot.


Happy Days jumped the shark.  The Simpsons shot the Burns.
 
2013-05-09 12:42:38 PM  
I would give anything if that were the series finalé- I stopped watching it a decade ago, and even then, it was past its prime.  It was absolutely brilliant when it seemed to have some real moral to the story (even if it was dumb).  Now it's just a series of random things and how many guest stars they can cram into an episode.  My favorite episodes were in the first 4 seasons, my favorite being the camping trip- and when I realized the magic was gone, I just stopped watching.
 
2013-05-09 12:49:16 PM  

md4606: I think it's sad that you people know the names of episodes of a farkin' CARTOON


1/10

Lost points for lack of originality, one response, and lack of follow up effort.

/would not troll again.
 
2013-05-09 01:21:48 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: keepitcherry: 1) Show jumped the shark when Maggie shot Mr Burns.

I think it's amazing how many people missed out on the joke involving Who Shot Mr Burns. It was a giant pisstake on TV cliffhangers and mysteries.


I got the joke. It wasn't entertaining nor funny.
 
2013-05-09 01:40:52 PM  

Cletus C.: comhcinc: I think the Simpsons is still a good show.

I think it is, too.

Want to sit together in the lunchroom?


I still like it too, can i sit with you guys?
 
2013-05-09 01:45:25 PM  

IwasKloot: Broktun: SockMonkeyHolocaust: I am watching season 2 of Bob's Burger on netflix and it really does capture a lot of the simpson's old magic. I think it should be the last HARROWED DAD AND HIS WACKY FAMILY HAVE WACKY ANTICS cartoon for adults with no discerning taste, though, because that formula is kind of played out now.

Season 2 is streaming???

Yessir, they just added it the other day.


Awesome
 
2013-05-09 01:55:35 PM  
What made the Simpsons work was its balance of wackiness and humanity. The humanity has long since been stripped from it, and all of the characters are now detestable extremes of their archetypes. I'll watch a show filled with depressing, awful people, but not one where they're the husks of characters I used to enjoy.
 
2013-05-09 02:00:32 PM  

BafflerMeal: Overlaps with circle of people who think snl was only funny in season one.


The problem there being that SNL was never funny. Not even in season one.
 
2013-05-09 02:17:42 PM  
The Simpsons ceased being funny when Homer discovered the crayon up his nose that made him retarded.
 
2013-05-09 02:19:43 PM  
The Simpsons stopped being funny when they left the Tracy Ullman show and went to the half-hour format.
 
2013-05-09 02:49:34 PM  
I've watched the Simpsons for nearly 20 years and though there was a dip (maybe even a double dip) the last few seasons have been pretty good. They're funny and witty.

Homer's take on Van Halen is appropriate here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ-5dI5NEYE

/The Portlandia episode is pretty damn funny. Maybe it's because I live in Austin and it felt like home
//Not a hipster
///Still DVRs episodes
 
2013-05-09 03:23:38 PM  

skozlaw: BafflerMeal: Overlaps with circle of people who think snl was only funny in season one.

The problem there being that SNL was never funny. Not even in season one.


The Carvey/Myers/Hartman/Jackson/Meadows/Farley/Sandler time period was consistently good IMO.

http://www.saturday-night-live.com/snl/castsbyseason/1985_1995.html
 
2013-05-09 03:26:32 PM  
While there were still some very good episodes in the few seasons after, the Simpsons should have ended immediately after the "Spin-off Showcase" episode in Season 8.  The week before, Frank Grimes (or Grimey, as he liked to be called) showed up to point out everything we already knew about Homer, and subsequently kicked off the "Jerkass Homer" phase of the show.
 
2013-05-09 03:52:08 PM  

md4606: I think it's sad that you people know the names of episodes of a farkin' CARTOON


Hey, it's called "Animated Sitcom"!

/and Hillbillies like to be called "Sons of the Soil"
 
2013-05-09 03:57:37 PM  

xjakk: Why does Bart even CARE who is preaching at church?! WHY DOESNT MOE JUST BUY ANOTHER DAMN SUIT?!


Bart cares because his dad is not longer the cool guy he hangs out with and does childish things with.  he didn't try to put things back the way they were for anyone but himself.

Can't help you with the Moe thing.
 
2013-05-09 04:02:27 PM  

Phil Moskowitz: I don't even remember what year it jumped the shark, that's how long ago it was.


Wasn't there a shark in the tank that Murdock jumps in "Bart the Daredevil"?
 
2013-05-09 04:12:14 PM  

lexslamman: So Futurama is getting cancelled, and this abortion of my childhood is allowed to continue?


you'll get over it.
 
2013-05-09 05:27:12 PM  

biyaaatci: md4606: I think it's sad that you people know the names of episodes of a farkin' CARTOON

In episode 2F09, when Itchy plays Scratchy's skeleton like a xylophone, he strikes the same rib twice in succession, yet he produces two clearly different tones. I mean, what are we to believe, that this is some sort of a magic xylophone or something? Boy, I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder.


A wizard did it.
 
2013-05-09 05:55:58 PM  
Saddlesore Galactica was the episode where it was evident that the show had permanently gone off the rails.
 
2013-05-09 06:03:48 PM  

SockMonkeyHolocaust: I am watching season 2 of Bob's Burger on netflix and it really does capture a lot of the simpson's old magic. I think it should be the last HARROWED DAD AND HIS WACKY FAMILY HAVE WACKY ANTICS cartoon for adults with no discerning taste, though, because that formula is kind of played out now.


No love for American Dad? Granted it rocks due to how much it steps away from the formula (any show with Avery Bullock in it needs to stay on the air).
 
2013-05-09 09:39:33 PM  
The last funny Simpsons ep I saw was Krusty's Klown Kollege back in season 6 or something like that. I watched the show regularly until about season 13, when I realized I hadn't laughed at it in 7 years. Occasionally I'll try checking out a show to see if it has improved, but it always seems to get worse.
 
2013-05-09 10:59:56 PM  

Crotchrocket Slim: No love for American Dad? Granted it rocks due to how much it steps away from the formula (any show with Avery Bullock in it needs to stay on the air).


I think American Dad is less organic and owes more to the Hanna Barbera formula of group of humans + gimmicks = hijinks ensue. the first five or six seasons are pretty great, though.
 
2013-05-10 12:08:19 AM  
I wonder how Tracy Ullman is doing these days. Does she just sit at home counting her money?
 
2013-05-10 06:31:52 AM  
This is a really stupid idea, like that time when Mitt Romney decided to go to a juggalo festival.
 
2013-05-10 07:43:51 AM  

dmc001: The last funny Simpsons ep I saw was Krusty's Klown Kollege back in season 6 or something like that. I watched the show regularly until about season 13, when I realized I hadn't laughed at it in 7 years. Occasionally I'll try checking out a show to see if it has improved, but it always seems to get worse.


you didn't like seasons 7 or 8? what hell's wrong with you?
 
2013-05-10 11:08:30 AM  

FeedTheCollapse: dmc001: The last funny Simpsons ep I saw was Krusty's Klown Kollege back in season 6 or something like that. I watched the show regularly until about season 13, when I realized I hadn't laughed at it in 7 years. Occasionally I'll try checking out a show to see if it has improved, but it always seems to get worse.

you didn't like seasons 7 or 8? what hell's wrong with you?


Yeah, I'm in agreement with many that season 9 was the last of its great years. But even that one had a few dud episodes.
 
2013-05-10 11:38:22 AM  

browntimmy: Yeah, I'm in agreement with many that season 9 was the last of its great years. But even that one had a few dud episodes.


I would say Season 9 is the last overall good season. There's quite a few good episodes, but it's a noticeable drop in quality from previous seasons.
 
2013-05-10 12:06:51 PM  

WTF Indeed: Yet it'll still be funnier than everything Seth MacFarlane has produced in the last five years.


You must not watch American Dad.
I swear they took their few good writers on Fox and pooled them together for American Dad. The show is gold. They dropped the "political" part of it pretty early on and focus on general absurdity now.
 
2013-05-10 01:53:10 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: browntimmy: Yeah, I'm in agreement with many that season 9 was the last of its great years. But even that one had a few dud episodes.

I would say Season 9 is the last overall good season. There's quite a few good episodes, but it's a noticeable drop in quality from previous seasons.


They got hit and miss around season 8. In my opinion, they started having episodes like the homer they fall, where the A story was 90% of the show. If it worked, great, if not... I remember in seasons prior to that when the A story was mediocre, the B or C carried the episode. The hit/miss ratio didn't go below 50% until around season 12.
 
2013-05-10 02:24:24 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: WTF Indeed: Yet it'll still be funnier than everything Seth MacFarlane has produced in the last five years.

You must not watch American Dad.
I swear they took their few good writers on Fox and pooled them together for American Dad. The show is gold. They dropped the "political" part of it pretty early on and focus on general absurdity now.


Which works great since unlike Family Guy the weird shiat that happens in American Dad can easily be explained by Stan being a CIA agent.
 
2013-05-10 05:29:41 PM  

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Crotchrocket Slim: No love for American Dad? Granted it rocks due to how much it steps away from the formula (any show with Avery Bullock in it needs to stay on the air).

I think American Dad is less organic and owes more to the Hanna Barbera formula of group of humans + gimmicks = hijinks ensue. the first five or six seasons are pretty great, though.


So I have to admit a fondness for a lot of the old Hanna Barbara stuff. At least this way it takes advantage of its animated nature and doesn't try to present itself like a live action sitcom (mostly what I was thinking when I originally posted).

Even past its prime its still better than 95% of what else is on.
 
2013-05-10 10:32:16 PM  

Fano: FeedTheCollapse: browntimmy: Yeah, I'm in agreement with many that season 9 was the last of its great years. But even that one had a few dud episodes.

I would say Season 9 is the last overall good season. There's quite a few good episodes, but it's a noticeable drop in quality from previous seasons.

They got hit and miss around season 8. In my opinion, they started having episodes like the homer they fall, where the A story was 90% of the show. If it worked, great, if not... I remember in seasons prior to that when the A story was mediocre, the B or C carried the episode. The hit/miss ratio didn't go below 50% until around season 12.


I would say season 8 is when some of the more egregious flaws from later seasons would start to show up, but it's still a really good season.
 
2013-05-10 10:47:02 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: Fano: FeedTheCollapse: browntimmy: Yeah, I'm in agreement with many that season 9 was the last of its great years. But even that one had a few dud episodes.

I would say Season 9 is the last overall good season. There's quite a few good episodes, but it's a noticeable drop in quality from previous seasons.

They got hit and miss around season 8. In my opinion, they started having episodes like the homer they fall, where the A story was 90% of the show. If it worked, great, if not... I remember in seasons prior to that when the A story was mediocre, the B or C carried the episode. The hit/miss ratio didn't go below 50% until around season 12.

I would say season 8 is when some of the more egregious flaws from later seasons would start to show up, but it's still a really good season.


Yeah, I take it back. I think the only ones that got rated low at the time might have been the Canine Mutiny and the Secret War of Lisa Simpson.
I mean to say that the structural flaws began there. All of those episodes started to hinge on just one premise. That's great if it's You Only Move Twice, which by all rights should have been one of the "wacky" episodes I didn't care for but instead is one of my favorites. The problem was that at that point they started resting everything on the main premise, which meant that if you had an episode like the one where Krusty becomes a stand-up comic, if the bit fails, the episode is a waste. 9 is probably last great season; soon thereafter Futurama came out and it seemed to drain the talent from the Simpsons.
 
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